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Abdul Kallon

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Abdul Kallon
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   1/4/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   U. W. Clemon
Personal History
Born:   1969
Hometown:   Freetown, Sierra Leone
Undergraduate:   Dartmouth College, A.B., 1990
Law School:   University of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1993
Abdul Karim Kallon is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He was nominated to the court by President Obama and was sworn in on February 1, 2010.[1] Prior to appointment, Kallon was a member of the law firm, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.[2]

Early life and education

Kallon received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1990 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1993.[3][2]

Professional career

Kallon served as law clerk to the Honorable U. W. Clemon on the Northern District of Alabama. He joined the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in 1994 and had a focus on labor and employment law. He was with the firm until joining the federal bench. Kallon is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham.[3][2]

Judicial Career

Northern District of Alabama

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Abdul Kallon
 Court:Northern District of Alabama
 Progress:Confirmed 113 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:July 31, 2009
ApprovedAABA Rating:Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:November 4, 2009
ApprovedAReported:November 19, 2009 
ApprovedAConfirmed:November 21, 2009
 Vote: Voice vote

Kallon was nominated by President Obama for a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in July of 2009. He received a rating of Well Qualified from the American Bar Association.[3]

Kallon had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 4, 2009. When asked how he plans to conduct himself on the bench, he answered, "I intend to carry on in the same manner. I've always treated the courts and litigants with the utmost respect. You can win your case without being disrespectful to the other side."[4] Judge U. W. Clemon, whose seat Kallon has been nominated to, was in attendance to show his support for Kallon.[5] You can find Kallon's Public Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.

Kallon was confirmed by unanimous consent of the Senate on a voice vote on November 21, 2009.[6][7]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
U. W. Clemon
Northern District of Alabama
Seat #7
Succeeded by: